Dan Brock
Dan W. Brock, PhD
Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Legal Medicine, Emeritus

Dan Brock is the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He served as director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health from 2004 to 2012. Prior to his arrival at Harvard, Professor Brock was senior scientist and a member of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Until July 2002, he was Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. University Professor, professor of philosophy and biomedical ethics, and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Brown University, where he had a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department (of which he was chair in 1980-86) and in the Medical School. He served as staff philosopher on the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine in 1981-82, and in 1993 was a member of the Ethics Working Group of the Clinton Task Force on National Health Reform. He has been a consultant in biomedical ethics and health policy to numerous national and international bodies, including the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the Institute of Medicine, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and the World Health Organization. He is a fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the Hastings Center, and was a fellow in the Ethics and Professions’ Program and in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard University in 1991-92. He was president of the American Association of Bioethics in 1995-96, and was a founding board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Prof. Brock is the author of over 150 articles on bioethics and on moral and political philosophy, which have appeared in books and refereed scholarly journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Science, Hastings Center Report, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Ethics. He is the author of Deciding For Others: The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making, 1989, (with Allen E. Buchanan), Life and Death: Philosophical Essays in Biomedical Ethics, 1993, and From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice (with Allen Buchanan, Norman Daniels and Daniel Wikler) 2000, all published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently an editorial board member of 12 professional journals in ethics, bioethics and health policy, and has lectured widely at national and international conferences, professional societies, universities, and health care institutions.

Good medical ethics.
Authors: Authors: Brock DW.
J Med Ethics
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Reflections on the patient preference predictor proposal.
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J Med Philos
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Making treatment decisions for oneself: weighing the value.
Authors: Authors: Brock DW, Park JK, Wendler D.
Hastings Cent Rep
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Prioritizing registered donors in organ allocation: an ethical appraisal of the Israeli organ transplant law.
Authors: Authors: Lavee J, Brock DW.
Curr Opin Crit Care
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Should patients receive general anesthesia prior to extubation at the end of life?.
Authors: Authors: Truog RD, Brock DW, White DB.
Crit Care Med
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Deactivation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.
Authors: Authors: Kramer DB, Mitchell SL, Brock DW.
Prog Cardiovasc Dis
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Informed consent in cardiac resynchronization therapy: what should be said?
Authors: Authors: Kramer DB, Brock DW, Tedrow UB.
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes
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Ethical and legal views regarding deactivation of cardiac implantable electrical devices in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Authors: Authors: Kramer DB, Kesselheim AS, Salberg L, Brock DW, Maisel WH.
Am J Cardiol
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Value and cancer care: toward an equitable future.
Authors: Authors: Schnipper LE, Meropol NJ, Brock DW.
Clin Cancer Res
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Moral fictions and medical ethics.
Authors: Authors: Miller FG, Truog RD, Brock DW.
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